As nascent 2016 presidential contender Governor Chris Christie circulates in the national spotlight with hopes of regaining stamina after a politically unsound 2014, the following considerations arose this week…
1. Chris Christie has been showing his tender edge to the public over addiction awareness.
At the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, Chris Christie hosted an event addressing drug addiction. This was not just a normal religious congregation, but the church of New Jersey native Whitney Houston, who died of a drug overdose in 2012. After his event, he spoke with Gayle King from CBS stating “I am pro-life Gayle, and I believe that every life is precious at every stage of life.” Many saw this as the conservative showing his softer side.
2. A Christie contender makes a move
Jeb Bush, son of George H.W. Bush and brother of George W. Bush, was the most recent Republican to show his support for Rob Astorino, who is running against Governor Andrew Cuomo. A pal of Cuomo’s, Christie has publicly scorned Astorino’s effort.
3. Christie speaking out on ISIS and Foreign Policy
In his recent appearance on 60 Minutes, Chris Christie discussed his view on President Barack Obama’s recent statement that he blames the intelligence community for underestimating what was happening in Syria. Christie responded by stating it should have been a “we” statement. After the Bridgegate Scandal, critics considered this hypocritical. CNN touched upon his statements by noting that he needs to expand upon his foreign policy views as 2016 approaches.
4. Christie’s Approaching more Tumultuous Traffic
After Hurricane Sandy pushed ocean water through both tunnels running under the Hudson River, which deposited salt that is slowly eroding the already aging concrete and metal. National Correspondent Ryan Cooper states that within the next three to four year, the two tunnels will need a complete overhaul within the next few years. Cooper explains that shutting down even one would be “a traffic apocalypse.” Four years ago, Chris Christie voted to shut down a project called Access to the Regions Core (ARC), which would be a new railway connecting New Jersey to Pennsylvania. Now that the time for a re-haul of commuter transportation is approaching, will Christie’s image be damaged after an already rocky 2014 due to Bridgegate?
5. Christie on the Campaign Trail
As chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Christie has been touring across the nation helping campaign for GOP candidates. Christie this week campaigned in Arizona for gubernatorial candidate Doug Ducey. According to an article by NJ.com, there has been questions of “transparency” as to where the funds where coming from for Ducey’s campaign. Chris Christie defended his largest donors, the Koch brothers, stating, “Listen, what I’m saying is that everybody has a right to participate in the political process, and let’s let people judge these folks, up or down, based on what they do. But, no: I don’t believe that the Koch Brothers are that [shadow contributors], nor any of these other folks [who gave money anonymously].”